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Getting a room on short notice
May 5, 2014 7:28 AM   Subscribe

I have the opportunity to book a Boston show with a solo artist for 22 May and have been struggling to find a room for him to play. Details under the cut.

I'm looking for an intimate space (250 or less) with a PA. We're still discussing the details, but this should be a solo acoustic show. My budget for a room is $100-200 for the night. Something that's T accessible would be great -- I'd prefer something in the Camberville area but will take any suggestions.

Of the spaces I've tried, the Armory Cafe, Outpost 186, and the Democracy Center are booked. I've contacted the Lily Pad and Third Life Studio but have yet to hear back.

Finally, I'm well aware of the fact that this is kind of short notice. This opportunity just came up last night and I want to see if this is feasible. Thanks!
posted by pxe2000 to Media & Arts (9 answers total)
 
This may be a stupid question, but do you have any contacts with the local universities - whether campus facilities or music departments - and/or their relevant student organizations? As long as you don't have high expectations about serving alcohol or selling tickets you could probably get support from that direction.
posted by whatzit at 7:34 AM on May 5 [1 favorite]


The Davis Square Theater looks like it's open that night. I have no idea about their prices, but I have been to an acoustic show in that space and the acoustics were better than I expected.
posted by backseatpilot at 7:34 AM on May 5 [1 favorite]


Also, church? Depends on the kind of show and whether it would add to the atmosphere or isolate your target audience. They are built for acoustics!
posted by whatzit at 7:35 AM on May 5


Club Cafe in Boston has a nice space that is $250/night, which includes a bartender and someone to run the sound and light boards. Thursday nights in Spring aren't usually too hard to get, even on short notice.
posted by xingcat at 8:05 AM on May 5


I don't see anything booked that date for the Regent in Arlington.
posted by sammyo at 8:06 AM on May 5


How about tiny Club Passim?
posted by wenestvedt at 9:17 AM on May 5


These are all great suggestions. Just to quickly respond to two of them: I have contacted the Regent and Passim and both clubs are booked. Since the artist in question is coming from out of town, I do need to find someplace where I can charge a cover.

I have emails in to Davis Square and Club Cafe. Fingers crossed that one of those will work out.
posted by pxe2000 at 9:25 AM on May 5


It looks like the show will go on at the Davis Square Theatre!
posted by pxe2000 at 10:28 AM on May 5 [2 favorites]


The Sanctuary at First Church seats 500, but is one of the more beautiful spaces for acoustic sets in the area.

Their smaller hall (seats 200) is booked for choir practice at 7:45p.
posted by enfa at 11:11 AM on May 5 [1 favorite]


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